Are you feeling sad, depressed, overwhelmed, lonely, lost, or having thoughts of suicide? Is stress, illness, or addiction making your life too difficult to manage alone? No matter how long you have been in this situation, please feel assured that you aren’t alone. You can receive help if you are willing to try therapy.
The Background on Therapy Consumers
It’s important to understand that many types of people find it necessary to enter therapy at least once in their life. Some people have known mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia. Other people have temporary problems that need therapeutic relief. They can find some peace of mind when talking to a trained professional in a therapeutic setting. If you sense that you have a serious problem or a temporary situation for which relief is needed and you don’t seek assistance, you’ll begin to feel more overwhelmed.
Here are 6 reasons to seek out therapy:
Your mental health is important. If the problems on your mind are taking over your whole day or night, you might not be sleeping right. The stress could be affecting your work and personal relationships in ways that you don’t desire. Admitting that you need therapy and seeking it out instead of waiting helps you get closer to solving this problem or set of problems.
You must continue providing for yourself and your family. All systems within your body are controlled by the brain. Your brain constantly gives off signals, such as moving away from a dangerous vehicle in motion, that help preserve your life and health. If you are not eating enough, sleeping enough, exercising, and managing your mental health, including finding time for fun and recreation, then you won’t be at your best. If you want to keep all of your balls in the air, you might need help.
You cannot handle every problem at present alone. Some people are excellent problem solvers, and they find that they are naturally reluctant to seek advice. They will mull over a dilemma for days or months. They will not take any action, which could include seeking therapy, because they don’t want to make the wrong choice. Their state of indecision just makes a manageable situation nearly impossible.
You feel badly about yourself due to an internal or external problem. A therapist is trained to use his or her role to help a patient in therapy identify the source of a problem. This means moving past the symptoms to what needs to be changed or fixed. Without addressing the source of a problem, you aren’t likely to find permanent relief from a mental health concern.
Your anxiety results from a perceived situation that isn’t real. Remember, the human body has everyday reactions to stress. When you are overly tired, for example, one day your body might suddenly collapse, forcing you to get more sleep. Anxiety is healthy because it keeps you out of bad situations, but you need to understand when fears aren’t real. In therapy, you could learn to control your reactions to persistent phobias or fears.
Your health is being affected by mental issues. If you are losing your appetite, having difficult sleeping, falling asleep at work, or another appreciable concern, the stress you feel could be affecting your overall health. Some people develop sleep disorders due to stress, and others with high stress may have trouble sleeping.
In therapy, you can talk about what is bothering you and what you have done so far to address it. A therapist can help you work toward solutions that fit your present situation. You can find relief from what troubles you.